NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate to Host 6th Annual Conference on Sustainable Real Estate, "Sustainability at a Crossroads?"
 
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NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate to Host 6th Annual Conference on Sustainable Real Estate, "Sustainability at a Crossroads?"

Noted Government Officials Daniel Zarrilli, NYC Office of the Mayor and Kathleen B. Hogan, US Department of Energy to be Joined by Influential Panelists and Thought Leaders in Real Estate, Public Policy, and Education

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NEW YORK, February 13, 2017—The NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Schack Institute of Real Estate Center for the Sustainable Built Environment (SBE) will host the 6th Annual Conference on Sustainable Real Estate, titled "Sustainability at a Crossroads?" on Thursday, February 23, 2017.

The political context of sustainability has shifted radically in the aftermath of the presidential election. Just as the world moves towards implementation of the Paris Agreement, policy in the United States may be pivoting in a different direction. This conference will convene industry leaders to debate the challenges facing sustainability in this new era and to assess the resilience of the industry's ability to address issues of environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG).

Four panels (see full agenda below) will feature experts from government, education, real estate, urban planning, and public policy, who will share their diverse perspectives on the current state of sustainability as well as its uncertain future. The morning keynote presenter will be Danielle Spiegel-Feld, executive director of the Frank J. Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy, and Land Use Law, NYU School of Law. Kathleen B. Hogan, deputy assistant secretary for energy efficiency, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, US Department of Energy, will deliver remarks on industry momentum and accomplishments just prior to lunch. The luncheon will be anchored by keynote speaker Daniel Zarrilli, senior director of climate policy and programs and chief resilience officer, NYC Office of the Mayor.

The SBE Conference will be held on Thursday, February 23, from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the NYU Kimmel Center for University Life, 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY.

CONFERENCE AGENDA

Welcome and Introduction

  • Sam Chandan, PhD FRICS, Larry & Klara Silverstein Chair in Real Estate Development and Investment; Associate Dean, NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate
  • Stuart Brodsky, Clinical Assistant Professor and Director, Center for the Sustainable Built Environment, NYUSPS Schack Institute of Real Estate

 Morning Keynote – Environmental Progress in a Changing Political Climate

  • Danielle Spiegel-Feld, Executive Director, Frank J. Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy, and Land Use Law, NYU School of Law

 Panel 1 – Industry Perspectives on Sustainability's Resilience

  • Stuart Brodsky, Clinical Assistant Professor and Director, Center for the Sustainable Built Environment, NYUSPS Schack Institute of Real Estate [Moderator]
  • John R. Bryant, Vice President, Advocacy, Codes and Standard, BOMA International
  • Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA, President, National Institute of Building Sciences
  • John Parkinson, Executive Director, Association for the Improvement of American Infrastructure
  • Patrick L. Phillips, Global Chief Executive Officer, Urban Land Institute

Panel 2 – Innovators in Environmental and Social Governance: Practice and Project Leaders

  • Hank Ashforth, Executive Vice President, The Ashforth Company
  • David Komet, Chief Executive Officer, Alternivest
  • Philip Payne, Principal and Chief Executive Officer, Ginkgo Residential
  • Arianna Sacks Rosenberg, Senior Project Manager, The Hudson Companies
  • Brenna S. Walraven, RPA, CPM, BOMA Fellow, President and Chief Executive Officer, Corporate Sustainability Strategies [Moderator]

Government Address: Industry Momentum and Accomplishments

  • Kathleen B. Hogan, PhD, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, US Department of Energy

Lunch Keynote

  • Daniel Zarrilli, Senior Director, Climate Policy and Programs, and Chief Resilience Officer, NYC Office of the Mayor

Panel 3 – Navigating the Industry's Programs

  • David DeVos, Chief Sustainability Officer, PGIM Real Estate
  • Daniel Egan, Vice President, Sustainability & Utilities, Vornado Realty Trust
  • Joyce Mihalik, Vice President, Integrated Design Services, Forest City Realty Trust
  • Brad A. Molotsky, LEED AP O+M, Partner, Duane Morris [Moderator]
  • Dana Robbins Schneider, LEED Fellow, Managing Director, Energy and Sustainability Services, Jones Lang LaSalle

Project Briefing and Case Study: New York University at 370 Jay Street

  • Marlon Aranda, AIA, Project Director, Office of Strategic Assessment, Planning, and Design, New York University

Panel 4 – Institutional Capital's ESG Drivers

  • Sam Chandan, PhD FRICS, Larry & Klara Silverstein Chair in Real Estate Development and Investment; Associate Dean, NYUSPS Schack Institute of Real Estate [Moderator]
  • Nils Kok, PhD, Chief Economist, GeoPhy
  • Cherie Santos-Wuest, Managing Partner, Celadon Venture Advisors
  • Jerome Speltz, PE, Managing Director of  Engineering, Barings Real Estate Advisers

If you are a member of the press who wishes to cover the Conference, please contact Alka Gupta at aag13@nyu.edu. For inquiries on general registration, contact Jessica Estrada-Watson, at jessica.watson@nyu.edu or 212-992-3618. For inquiries about sponsorship opportunities, contact Sonal Pande at sonal.pande@nyu.edu or call 212-998-6961

About the NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate

The NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Schack Institute of Real Estate was founded in 1967 at the initiative of prominent members of the New York City real estate community, who encouraged NYU to establish an academic center that would provide a world-class education for industry professionals. Nearly 50 years later, the Schack Institute is at the forefront of real estate education and is recognized globally as one of the world's leading centers of real estate research and pedagogy. Across the Institute's graduate degree programs—notably the MS in Real Estate, the MS in Construction Management, and the MS in Real Estate Development—as well as a rapidly expanding undergraduate degree program, enrollment has grown to nearly 1,000 full- and part-time students from across the United States and nearly 50 other countries. In addition to its flagship degree programs, thousands of working professionals enroll in the Schack Institute's executive education, diploma, and career advancement programs each year.

An anchor of real estate academia's engagement with industry, the Institute is home to the REIT Center, the Center for the Sustainable Built Environment, and the newly established Urban Lab. In addition, the Institute hosts national industry events, including annual conferences on real estate capital markets and the REIT sector. Under the direction of the Schack Institute's faculty, ongoing applied research at the Institute spans an exceptional range of issues in real estate development and investment, urban economics, and market structure and regulation. For more information about the NYUSPS Schack Institute of Real Estate, visit sps.nyu.edu/schack.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies

Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies (sps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU's several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School's diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Health; Arts, Design, and Film; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Entrepreneurship; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages and Humanities; Management and Systems; Marketing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Sports Management, Media, and Business; Translation; and Writing.

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